NEPCA awards two prizes annually, an award for the best new book, and an award for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at our annual conference. Details are below.
Peter C. Rollins Book Prize
The annual NEPCA Book Prize is named for Peter C. Rollins, a renowned scholar in the fields of American and popular culture and a longtime NEPCA benefactor. It honors a work that a special book prize committee feels made a valuable contribution to the discipline in the previous calendar year.
The winner receives a cash prize of $500 and a certificate of merit, which will be awarded at NEPCA’s annual conference.
Nominations are now open for books published in 2013. The prize will be awarded on October 25, 2014, at NEPCA’s conference luncheon at Providence College, Providence, RI.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- The book must be an original work that draws upon primary sources.
- The work must be scholarly in tone.
- The book must be a thesis-driven monograph.
- Ideally the work should appeal to the broad community of popular and/or American culture community.
- The author must be an individual that lives in New England or New York, or has resided there within the past three years.
- The book must have been published in the calendar year prior to the conference. For instance, the 2013 NEPCA conference will honor a book published in 2012.
What books are ineligible?
- Collected essays and edited collections
- Works of fiction and poetry
- Reference works and textbooks
- New editions of previously published work
- Opinion-based essays and/or editorials
- Most non research-based works
What is the nomination process?
- Nominations must be made directly by the publisher. Individuals wishing their work to be considered must ask their publishers to contact NEPCA.
- Each publisher is restricted to two nominations per calendar year.
- Physical copies of the book must be sent to each member of the prize committee and must be received before June 1.
The 2013 Rollins Prize Committee consists of the following individuals:Dr. Jeffrey P. Cain Department of English HC221A Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut 06825 Dr. Virginia S. Cowen (Chair) Director of Education, Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rutgers School of Health Related Professions
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Newark, NJ 07101 Andrea McClanahan 248 Braeside Avenue, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Graduate Student Paper Prize
NEPCA honors new scholars in the field by granting an annual prize to the graduate student that delivered the best paper at the previous year’s conference. The winner receives a certificate of achievement and a cash award of $300.
Who is eligible?
The competition is open to any individual that has not completed his or her graduate degree at the time they deliver their paper, including those that hold ABD (or MA thesis) status.
How many prizes are offered?
As of 2014, NEPCA offers two prizes each year, the Amos St. Germain Prize and the Carol Mitchell Prize. These prizes are named in honor of two of our colleagues who have been longtime supporters of popular culture studies and of NEPCA.
What is the nomination process?
- Only the session chair in which the paper is delivered can nominate papers. Individuals may request that individual to nominate their paper, but it is the chair’s discretion to do so or not.
- Once a paper has been nominated, the paper prize committee chair will contact nominees. The chair will request that copies of the paper be forwarded by a timely date. Those who do not submit by the date will be removed from the pool.
- Nominated papers will be sent to a committee for reading and evaluation. The committee will select the winning paper during the summer months.
- The winner will be contacted by the prize committee chair and will be invited to attend the fall conference (fees waived) to accept the prize. If the winner cannot attend, the prize will be mailed.
IMPORTANT: If your paper is nominated, it is your responsibility to alert the prize committee chair of any change of address or other contact information. Put directly, NEPCA can’t honor you if it can’t find you.